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In a statement made Friday just before he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for hacktivism, Jeremy Hammond confirmed his role as a living martyr for the human cause.Just before he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for hacktivism, Jeremy Hammond confirmed his role as a living martyr for the human cause.

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You didn't think Anonymous would stand idly by after the arrests of several members of the hacker collective's extended network, did you? Well, it didn't. On Friday, news broke that AntiSec, an Anonymous spinoff group, had struck at two companies in retaliation for the LulzSec bust that happened earlier in the week.

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It's been a tough couple of weeks in hactivist circles, as law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that six hackers affiliated with the Anonymous spinoff group LulzSec -- including "ringleader" Hector Xavier Monsegur -- have been busted.

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Their missions are aligned in many ways, but WikiLeaks and the group of international cyberpunks known collectively as Anonymous made it official in a joint effort, posted by WikiLeaks late on Sunday, consisting of quite a few internal emails from an intelligence company Anonymous targeted over the holidays last year.

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Whatever else might be said about groups like Anonymous and LulzSec -- and the MSM says plenty without saying much -- they don't play Assuming the position of the rogue hacktivist, their members take on big targets in business, government (more) .

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Two groups of cyber-rabble-rousers whose members already may share a synergistic relationship are teaming up to do their hacktivism in tandem, and on Monday LulzSec and Anonymous kicked off their "AntiSec" campaign with an auspicious first target.

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